Mekong River Pollution

Around 40 to 50 families are living and selling their production along the Mekong River in front of Sambour market. With their day to day activities, they are polluting the river water as they always throw waste in the river especially plastic waste. Moreover, some families installed their toilets and/or pigs on the riverbank, thus all kind of wastes flow into the river every day.

Beside these families, there are other sellers on the riverbank (close to the boat station), who also contribute to the water pollution. Small shops were built on the riverbank and led to the scattering of gasoline, machine oil, all kind of cakes, plastic waste… Furthermore, some people go to excrete in the flooded forest near their shop. This is all done even though they used to attend trainings about plastic waste and its impact, waste collection events and listened to the declaration from Sambour District governor and CRDT.

This problem directly affects the people living on the riverbank as it is hazardous for their health and impacting their businesses because they rely on the river water for their daily living. Also a lot of tourists have been visiting the 100 Pillar pagoda or Koh Phdao Eco-tourism island and other areas in Sambour District and they might have a bad impression about the location because of the impact on the landscape, the quality of water and the environment.

CRDT is working hard at finding how to tackle this important issue and help the people understand how damaging it is for them and the environment.

By Sok Chanpheaktra, Environmental Education Project Officer

 

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  • Mey Sang
    Reply

    Dear, Pheaktra
    Could you tell me some about the local of this water pollution? I have a project relate to water pollution. Thank you.
    Best regard,
    Mey Sang

    • CRDT
      Reply

      Dear Mey Sang,

      To have more information about this project don’t hesitate to send us an email to info@crdt.org.kh!

      Best regard,

      Adélaïde

  • April Smith
    Reply

    Thank you for sharing this information, this has helped a lot with my report.

  • Soukim Lay
    Reply

    Hi Pheaktra,

    Thank you for your response. We can surely cooperate in this project. May I have your contact for further cooperation, if you don’t mind?

    Thanks,
    Soukim Lay

    • admin
      Reply

      Hi Soukim,

      Thanks for your reply. I am glad to have chance to cooperate with you and your team in the future. As I am now still on medical leave until next month, I would like to send you our Fundraising Coordinator’s contact instead because she is responsible for cooperation with partners and donors. Her e-mail address is coline.ganz@crdt.org.kh, and one more is partnership manager ulsocheat@crdt.org.kh.

      I look forward to hearing from you.
      Best,
      Pheaktra

      • Soukim Lay
        Reply

        Thank you very much.

  • Soukim Lay
    Reply

    Hi Sok Chan­pheak­tra,

    This is such a nice article. Thank you very much for sharing.
    Recently I have a project with the US embassy in rehabilitating polluting rivers. I am very interested in helping out the local community. May I know whether this district is still having such problem? If so, I can point out the location to in the project and start the project in this province.

    I hope to hearing from you soon.

    Best regards,
    Soukim Lay
    Class secretary at World Learning, Washington DC
    State Alumni, U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh

    • admin
      Reply

      Dear Soukim,

      Thank you very much for your interest in our article and the issue we brought. Yes of course the issue is still occurring in Sambour district which is our project target area. I would appreciate if you could find some projects to help solve this problem and please let me know if CRDT could be involved in those projects as well. I am glad if you come and work with us. Welcome to CRDT any time!

      Best,
      Pheaktra

  • Thank you this is great information
    Reply

    this os great for my homework project thank you very much

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